Land Your Next Job Through Virtual Networking

Land Your Next Job Through Virtual Networking

Have you heard the rumor that “at least 70% of jobs are not even listed online?” This could be a gross underestimate in today’s market where there are millions of qualified candidates actively looking for a new position. If you are trying to land a job in the near future and networking is not a part of your strategy, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Here are a few strategies you can use to brush up on your virtual networking skills and secure your next job.

Tap Into Your Existing Network

You may have more powerful connections than you ever realized! You never know who has an open position or a connection who is currently hiring. Head to social media to share that you’re looking. Turn on the “open to work” feature on LinkedIn. Upload and share your resume on LinkedIn and Facebook. We understand that putting yourself out there can be awkward, so here’s a template for what to say based on LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork campaign:

Hi everyone – I am looking for a new role related to UX/UI specialties and would appreciate your support. Thank you in advance for any connections, advice, or opportunities you can offer. #OpenToWork

Reach Out To Potential Connections

It can be intimidating to try and grow your connections during a time like this. Additionally, there is a right and wrong way to do reach out to new professionals via virtual networking. Do not cold-contact someone and ask for something right off the bat. It’s most important to establish a connection based on mutual interests. Here’s a great initial message:

Hi {name},

I read the blog you shared on professional networking, and it really resonated with me. It was perfect timing as I am currently working on expanding my network. I’d love to connect so we can stay in touch.

Join A Group

The world of social media is full of networking opportunities. Particularly with the growth of Facebook groups, there are tons of opportunities to grow your professional circles. Do a quick search for your job title or skills on Facebook and filter by groups. Then, do a little browsing to find one that piques your interest. Generally, you want one large enough to foster engagement, but small enough to have meaningful conversations. Only you can decide your sweet spot.

Just because contact is limited doesn’t mean connection has to be. There is no better time to grow and nurture your professional connections through virtual networking. Interested in more job search advice? Explore our blogs here.

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How to Stay Positive While Working from Home

If you’re one of the thousands of professionals suddenly working from home, it can be quite the adjustment. Some people flourish working for home while others struggle to remain productive and focused. And let’s be honest; working from home can be great under the right circumstances. But doing so because most of us are quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a little depressing. So, if this virus has you feeling down, here is how to stay positive while working from home.

Social distancing doesn’t mean stop socializing

Many cities and states are encouraging “social distancing,” where they want you to keep about six feet from another person. I am not a fan of this phrase. It should be called “physical distancing.” Just because you can’t go out to lunch or grab a drink at happy hour doesn’t mean you have to stop socializing altogether. It can be lonely working from home, not seeing your work buddies, or being able to hangout out with your friends after work. You just have to be creative when socializing! Facetime each other, talk on the phone, or there is even a Google Chrome extension that allows you to chat with your friends while you watch a Netflix show in synch with them. Socializing is good for the mind and spirit, so don’t let stress from your quarantine kill your social hour.

Take a break from social media

Speaking of social, if you’re struggling to stay positive while working from home, get off social media. Social media is a great way to engage with your friends, watch cute dog videos, and engage with all sorts of content. However, there is also a lot of negativity on social media, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. So, it may be an excellent time to take a break from social media. If you have a hard time controlling yourself or if it’s merely a habit, you can download a Chrome extension, like freedom, which allows you to pick and choose which social sites to block. This is an easy way to remove yourself from some of the negativity in the world.

Get some exercise and fresh air

Just because you are quarantined, doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. When working remotely, you don’t have to walk down to the bathroom, breakroom, or conference room to get some steps in. When your home is your office, it can be challenging to be active. Go for a brief walk around the block or do some simple exercises at home, like pushups, situps, or jumping jacks. Getting your heart rate up and blood flowing will reenergize you and lift your spirits. Even just working outside, if permitted, can increase your mood. I am quarantined at home and writing this blog from my back porch. So, if you have a backyard or balcony, try working outside for a few minutes each day for a change of scenery and some fresh air.

Take care of yourself

During the outbreak, it can be challenging to stay positive while working from home. But doing the three things mentioned above will help boost your mood and perspective on the current situation. Stay safe out there, and remember, the most important thing is to take care of yourself and those around you.

And if you’re looking to make the best of this quarantine, here are some helpful tips that can better your career while sitting in the comfort of your home!


4 Things You Must Look at Before Every Interview

You’ve heard the news and seen all of the stats. The job market is holding firm as we prepare to round out the 4th Quarter of 2019. Many of you might be trying to take advantage of the 3.6 percent unemployment rate and start the new year with a fresh job opportunity. However, if it’s been a while since you were last a job seeker, it can be overwhelming when you do your due diligence before an interview. If you’re thinking of making a change, here are four things you must do before every interview.

Check out their website

Before an interview, the first thing you want to do is take a look at the company’s website. Check out their “about” page; see if they have a mission or vision statement. Many companies do a fantastic job providing insight into their passion and what it’s like to work for them. Check out their blog or news resources to see if they have anything on there that can give you some insight into what they do and why they do it.

During an interview, one of the first questions they’ll likely ask you is, “What do you know about our company?” A quick search on their site will help you start the interview off on the right foot!

Social Media

Another place you need to head to before an interview is the company’s social media. You should be able to easily find links to all their social media platforms on their website. Take a quick look at each of them as the content may differ from site to site. A prospective company’s social media is a great way to get insight into their company culture to see if the opportunity is the right fit for you. It’s also an easy way to find any recent updates, events, or product launches, all of which might be good talking points in your interview!


If you want to get an unbiased opinion of a prospective employer, check out their reviews online. You can find reviews on Facebook, Google, and best of all, Glassdoor. These sites provide insight into both the interviewing process and what it’s like to work there. Current and former employees write these reviews, so they will give you a decent understanding of what you can expect before you even step foot into the building.

Prepare accordingly

Last but not least, you must review all the necessary material to prepare yourself! This includes the job description, your resume, and any instructions given to you by HR or the hiring manager. You don’t want to have any surprises during your interview by forgetting what the job is or what you told them on your resume. Believe it or not, it can be easy to forget every single detail on the job description or your resume. The best thing to do is review them before the night before, so they’re fresh on your mind.

If you want to take a look at more of our helpful interviewing advice and tips, check out our blog!

How To Find Your Next Job Through #Hashtags

Hashtags are becoming an increasingly popular medium for job postings. We have all seen hashtags across multiple social media platforms, but how does this infamous “#” sign really work?

The Value of a Hashtag

Hashtags are an integral part of social media trends. Hashtags organize content, create discussions, increase outreach, and group relevant posts. Finding posts about a specific topic has become easy with hashtags. Every post around the hashtag will be grouped together, so you will only see hashtags relevant to the specific topic you want.

Commonly, hashtags filter posts based on interests. For example, people use hashtags to find related posts about the newest #GameofThrones episode, a new #paleorecipe, or best #travel spots to visit, but now hashtags can also be used to launch your career. You can use hashtags to find jobs and also connect with recruiters.

In fact, 84 percent of employers use social media to find the right candidate for a variety of job openings. Searching for jobs with hashtags easily filters content and directly connects job seekers to employers.

Using Hashtags to Find a Job

The first step to finding your dream career through social media hashtags is to identify which hashtags are relevant to you based on topic, industry, or location. Next, determine which social platform to pursue. LinkedIn reigns king in the career and professional development world, making this platform the first stop in your job pursuit. While LinkedIn is preferred, Facebook and Twitter are also great resources in this process.

On the job hunt, be sure to search and follow hashtags on social media that are trending and relevant to your specific needs. As a result, this exposes you to the most relevant job opportunities possible.

To locate a job through a hashtag, start broad by searching for topics regarding the job search. These hashtags collect and display all social media posts of companies looking to hire:

  • #hiring
  • #jobsearch
  • #joblisting
  • #job
  • #recruiting
  • #jobopening
  • #careers
  • #employment

If you want to narrow down your search, try a hashtag specific to your industry:

  • #healthcare
  • #engineering
  • #mining
  • #sales
  • #accounting
  • #finance

To narrow your search down even further, search hashtags that are relevant based on the specific location you want to work:

  • #(yourlocation)jobs
  • #(yourlocation)careers
  • #(yourlocations)employment

In conclusion, finding the right job is becoming increasingly easier with the use of social recruiting. Simply search and follow relevant hashtags on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to find your next career advancement.

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Social Media: How to Clean up Your Social Media for a Job Search

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Social media sites are a great way to stay connected with others. You can connect with friends, family, and co-workers. Some of which may not even be in the same country as you. But, with that being said, it’s also a dangerous place that can hurt your future job prospects. If you’re not careful about what’s posted on your social media, you may be hurting your job search. Here’s how to clean up your social media to avoid scaring hiring managers.

Why cleaning your social accounts are important

We have a lot of transitions in life. Whether it’s from high school to college or college to our first real job, these leaps are big and make a tremendous impact on our futures. But the maturity and differences in these milestones do impact your future, especially when social media is involved.

Everyone at times forgets that our private lives aren’t so private anymore. Anyone can look you up. And if you’re between the ages of 18-55, a hiring manager probably will find some sort of social media account that is yours… So, you want to ensure you keep your accounts clean of anything that would get you in trouble with a prospective employer.

As we have seen a lot in the headlines lately, past mistakes will come and bite you so trying to avoid making them is essential.

What should go and what can stay

Social media is there to keep you connected and engage with friends and family. However, if a post is controversial you probably shouldn’t engage with it. If you are having a difficult time with this, ask yourself this question: if an employer you really wanted to work with saw this, would they be okay with it? Or would they want to run to find someone else?

Even though our personal social accounts are supposed to be private, that’s not always the case. So being safe and proactive instead of reactive is smart.

Would you want to hire you?

Like I mentioned above, your presence on social media can make or break your chances, especially on LinkedIn. LinkedIn gives you the power to show your professional self and really make a case for who you are as an employee. If you aren’t being professional or lack the knowledge of making yourself shine on LinkedIn, you could miss the opportunity you’ve been searching for.

Which leads to the question: “Would you want to hire you?” If not, make the changes needed on your social media.

Social media is a great space to stay connected but remembering to go through it and clean it up before you head onto your next job search will never hurt. Happy hunting!

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How Your Social Media is Hurting Your Job Search

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It’s 2018, and almost everyone has at least one social media account. 81 percent of Americans have at least one social media profile. And employers are aware of this. In fact, 93% of recruiters and human resource professionals check out candidates’ social media profiles before extending a job offer.

Whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, the content you publish on these sites can prevent you from landing your next job. Here are some things to avoid to ensure your social media doesn’t ruin your chances of being hired.

Bad mouthing your employer, job, or clients

We’ve all been frustrated with our job or employer at times. And if you work in a customer service-oriented industry, you’ve probably been irritated with a customer/client as well. However, social media isn’t the appropriate place to vent about your feelings towards your co-workers or clients.

Don’t complain or bad mouth anyone you work with. If a prospective employer sees any post like this, it will surely leave a bad taste in their mouth. If you have any old posts bashing someone you work with, please do yourself a favor and delete these posts.

Inappropriate content

I do not have to go into great detail here; everyone knows what they should and shouldn’t be posting on social media. And if you even have to question whether it’s appropriate to post, it’s probably best to not post it.

Use your common sense and avoid posting/sharing/retweeting/liking something that could offend or scare off a potential employer. Avoid posting anything extremely political, offensive, or controversial.

If you have any old pictures that you wouldn’t want an employer to see, remove them. I would advise you to go through all of your old photos and ensure there is nothing incriminating or embarrassing on there. It may seem like a hassle but it is totally worth the time to ensure your social media doesn’t affect your job search!

Delete old profiles you no longer use

Have any old profiles you maybe forgot about? Is there an old Myspace profile handing out there with tons of embarrassing posts? Have duplicate LinkedIn profiles with one having out-of-date working information? Get these cleaned up before you even submit your application, so you don’t hurt your chances of some old or inaccurate information about you being discovered.

Do a quick Google search with your full name and your city. For example, search “John Smith Dallas, TX” and see what pops up. You may be surprised with what will generate in search results when you search your name and location. If you find an old social media account, recover it and either clean it up or take it down entirely.

Update your social media privacy settings

At the very least, update your privacy settings on your social media accounts so others cannot see your content without your permission. You can easily make your Instagram and Twitter accounts private. This will require people to request permission before they can see your content. Additionally, you can update your Facebook so other users cannot see your content on your newsfeed unless you accept them as a friend.

Just be sure to update your profile and cover photos! Almost anyone will be able to see them (regardless of your privacy settings) as they check out your profiles during the recruiting process.

3 Things You MUST Do Before Applying for A Job

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So, you’re sick and tired of your current job and decide to start searching for other opportunities. You hop online and start scrolling through dozens of job openings. After a few hours of searching (and a couple cups of coffee later), you find your absolute dream job. But WAIT – before you even think about submitting your application, there are a few things you need to review to ensure you’re not impulsively hitting the ‘send’ button.

Check Review Sites

Before you get your heart set on that dream job you think you’ve found, it’s a good idea to jump on your computer or phone and check online reviews on the employer. You can go to sites like Glassdoor or Vault and get tons of information on prospective employers before you even apply.

These sites have a wealth of knowledge, including employee reviews, reviews on the interviewing process, salary information, and much more. These review sites can give you an idea what the culture is like of the organization, how tough the interviewing process is, and what current and former employers think of the organization.

This may help you gain some valuable insight on some tough questions that may be asked during an interview, spark some inspiration for questions to ask during an interview, or depending on the reviews, persuade you not to apply for the job altogether.

Check Out The Employer’s Website

Another source to check out is the company’s website. I know this seems obvious, but it’s shocking how many candidates fail to do a deep dive on a potential employer’s website before applying for a job.

Most employers have tons of information on their website that will help you tailor your resume and cover letter for the position. You can find things like the company’s mission and vision statements, news and events, and insights into the company culture.

Almost every employer has an ‘About’ page with all the information you need to write a masterpiece of a resume to impress the hiring manager, and ultimately, help yourself standout in the sea of applicants.

Do A Social Media Audit

Before you apply for ANY job, take a peek at the employer’s social media accounts. This will give you a better understanding of what the company culture is like. You will likely find things like press releases, new product launches, company events, and much more. Social media is a great outlet to find the latest news about the organization you are interested in. And sometimes, you may even learn more about a company from their social media than from their website.

You can also do a little digging on the hiring manager on LinkedIn. Head over to LinkedIn and search the employer in the search bar at the top of the page. Then, filter the search results by ‘People.’ This will allow you to see current employees of the organization and find the people you’ll likely be working with. Also, this will provide insight on the makeup of the team and help you decide if you really want to apply for the position or not.

Audit Your Own Social Media, Too

While you’re at it, this is a great opportunity to do a little research on your own social media. Before you hit the job market, it’s a good idea to run a social media audit on yourself. Go to your profiles and double-check what you’ve published and what you’re tagged in. If you wouldn’t want an employer to see it, it’s best to delete it from your profile. And at the very least, you can change your profiles privacy settings so others cannot see your content without your permission.

To kick your online cleansing up a notch, do a quick Google search on yourself. Google your first and last name and the city you live in. You’ll be surprised what will appear! There may be an old embarrassing MySpace account or another social media profile that you almost forgot about. Again, if you find something that you don’t want prospective employers to see, it’s best to delete or hide it.

You best believe employers will do a quick search on you before they call you in for an interview!

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3 Keys To Getting Discovered (And Hired) Online By A Recruiter

3 Keys To Getting Discovered (And Hired) Online By A Recruiter

In today’s job market, there are more ways than ever for job seekers to find employment opportunities in any industry. Social media and online resume databases have become the primary source to connect candidates to their dream jobs. As a recruiter, I rely heavily on social media to find and contact potential candidates. So today, I’m sharing my secrets on how to stand out on social media and get noticed by recruiters like me.

First, you have to understand that when a recruiter embarks on a search to find a “perfect candidate” for their job, they are sifting through thousands of resumes. Throughout this massive pile of resumes, there are a few simple things that make a candidate’s resume stand out online. Follow these 3 resume guidelines and you’ll be on your way to being discovered in no time:

  1. Clear

Most social media platforms will capture key words off resumes so they know who to include in searches. It is important to have industry specific words on your resume so the recruiter’s search will pull up your resume. This includes job titles, specific skills, and industry related experience. For instance, if you have OSHA certification, make sure it’s on your resume so that my search will find you if that’s a “must have” skill for the company I’m partnering with.

  1. Current

You would not believe the amount of old and outdated resumes we find online. Be sure to have an updated version of your resume when posting with current contact information. The more updated your resume is, the more industry-related keywords and accomplishments it will contain, and the better your chances of being found!

  1. Concise

If your resume contains irrelevant positions, keywords, or education, you’re doing yourself a disfavor. With only a short amount of time to review each resume, a recruiter could see a position that doesn’t match the skill set or career trajectory they’re looking for, you could be overlooked. Instead, keep only the most relevant and recent positions and education listed on your resume.

Keeping resumes clear, current, and concise with industry keywords, education, and experience will make them rise to the top of a recruiter’s search online.

Is Your Social Resume Ready?

Is Your Social Resume Ready?

Is Your Social Resume Ready?

As 2017 is right around the corner, so is one of the biggest hiring years for the US. The job market is going to be extremely competitive as companies start looking for top talent to help them stay competitive in their industry. Whether you are going to be actively or passively looking for a new position, now is the time to start to prepare your resume.

Many people think of a resume as just that one to two-page document that you try to cram your life experience onto. However, this is just a small portion of your resume. Everyone that has a computer, tablet or smart phone has some sort of Social Media footprint. This media is used by Hiring Managers, Human Resources, and Recruiters to help find and screen candidates. How does this stack up to your competition?


You might say that Facebook is not a professional site, so it shouldn’t necessarily reflect who I am professionally. Wrong! If you put it out there in cyberspace, then it is fair game for a potential employer to look at and judge you by. As you are reading this, you might be yelling at your computer screen saying “they can’t do that, my private life is my private life!” But stop and think of it this way, if your private life is your private life then why are you posting it for everyone to look at? Here are some tips to help clean up your Facebook profile:

  1. Change your security settings so that only friends can see your posts.
  2. Do not comment on political and religious posts.
  3. Review your profile pictures and delete your nightclub, and other potentially embarrassing profile pictures that you may have published in the past.
  4. Do not add co-workers/bosses/potential bosses/people you don’t know as friends.


LinkedIn is considered a professional media outlet and can be a great tool to add onto your paper resume. You should always keep your posts professional. Remember, LinkedIn is often used as a pre-interview interview. Posting or replying to posts that are not considered professional is an unwritten LinkedIn taboo and potential employers can see everything you do on LinkedIn. Here are some great tips for setting up a great LinkedIn Resume:

  1. Set a Headline that sets a value statement about yourself.
  2. Use a recent picture of yourself.
  3. Take this picture in clothing that you would go to an interview in for your profession.
  4. Use a picture that is of your upper body or a headshot.
  5. Smile in your picture. (For us prior military this is a hard concept to understand but it makes you more relatable!)
  6. Have a high quality background photo. Photos catch people’s eyes and make them linger longer on your profile.
  7. Ensure your professional timeline on LinkedIn matches your paper resume.
  8. Add your education and the schools you attended.
  9. Add skills, awards, professional papers, hobbies, and interests.
  10. Write your profile using keywords that are relevant to your experience and industry. Most companies and recruiters use keyword searches when searching for candidates.
  11. Join groups that are relevant to your profession or location.
  12. Follow companies that you would like to be a part of.
  13. Be active – reply to and share professional posts.

Now that you have your Social Resume in order, get ready for the interview you’re about to have!

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Is social media really a place to build professional relationships or is that just a myth?

The lines between online and offline are getting more blurry by the minute. There are now more than 277 million people on LinkedIn worldwide, and those people are constantly translating their online presence to establishing legitimate professional relationships, growing their skill sets, and even landing new positions. I’ve had a LinkedIn account for years, but haven’t really embraced the idea that we can build real professional relationships in the virtual world of Social Media until recently. Sound familiar?

I am not the guy who believes everything I read online or find on YouTube. Don’t get me wrong, I am sometimes entertained by what I see online. However I never believed I could build a true professional relationship, let alone friendship, by connecting to random strangers on a Social Media platform.

Thanks to my recent experience with Elaine Longmire at Jefferson Bank my belief has been changed forever.

It started with a short message sent on LinkedIn and a brief phone call exchanging stories and experiences with Elaine. Every so often we re-connect through an InMail, email, or a phone call to touch base. Each time learning a little more about each other’s profession, families, and daily lives.

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

One evening I was sitting in a restaurant, and I caught a glimpse of someone who looked uncannily familiar. Bothered by the fact that I felt I somehow knew this person, but unable to remember her name, I began to approach her table. Then, in a flash, it came to me. I didn’t know her, but she looked exactly like Elaine Longmire’LinkedIn profile picture that overtime had grown so familiar. The next day I called Elaine and we had a good laugh about her Spokane-based doppelgänger. This experience exposed the power of social media, because I realized that I had developed a real relationship with someone I had never even physically met. This relationship was even real enough for me to mistakenly recognize an online connection in the “real world.”

Social Media provides many opportunities not just from a professional prospective, but from the ability to establish genuine relationships on and offline. It has always been my goal to make a positive and meaningful impact on each and every person, I encounter in my day to day adventures.

My social networking to “real-world” networking story proves that we impact each other on Social Media every single day. I encourage you to graduate some of your online networking efforts to real world business contacts. You never know what may come of it! If I haven’t had the chance to shake your hand in person or virtually through the phone lines, I look forward to visiting with you soon!